There’s something about really good Irish whiskey, like this Powers 12 John’s Lane Release, that just makes me happy. Though to be honest I didn’t start out loving this one. This is one of those whiskeys that it took a couple of drams to grow on me. At first I didn’t see the big fuss, but the more I sipped it the less I liked it and the more I LOVED it. The more amazing it became as the flavors unraveled and it transformed from a water-cooler anecdote to a winding Irish tale with all of the twists and turns slowly being revealed.
The John’s Lane Release is a combination of single pot still whiskey aged in two different types of casks. The majority of the distillate was aged in ex-bourbon casks made from American Oak. To take this to the next level they married it with a bit of single pot still distillate that was aged in ex-sherry casks made from Iberian Oak which gives it a nice little kick of sweetness to balance out the malt.
You might have already guessed it, but overall I love this whiskey. Being a Single Pot Still there is no grain whiskey in this bottle mucking up the sweet malty flavors and there truly is nothing like a well executed single pot still whiskey. Wonderfully balanced with everything working in concert it’s a fantastic sipping experience. Only one word can describes that sweet grassy malty character as it effortlessly glides across the palate… pleasure. What started as a luke warm interest has bloomed into a full blown obsession and I just can’t get enough of it.
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Powers 12 John’s Lane Release Review
Distiller: Powers & Sons / Midleton (Jameson)
Malt and silken caramel effortlessly glide out of the glass accompanied by honey, candied fruit, sweet pipe tobacco, fruit cake and something that resembles a sherry sweetness without being a sherry aroma. It’s light and easy while maintaining a very rich character.
Sweet whiskey spice and vanilla move easily across the palate with malt, honey, leather and candied dark fruit coming through. That sweet malty pure pot still character is just astounding here.
Steady as she goes this is a graceful whiskey that has just enough kick to keep things interesting.
A long luxurious finish of candied fruit and malt fades to berries and a bit of sherry.